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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Stracciatella (Egg Drop) Soup

   Stracciatella soup is a childhood favorite of mine.  I remember coming home on a cold night and walking into the the wonderful scent of a hearty simmering chicken broth.  Its the kind of soup that warms you up from the inside out and just makes you feel good all over.  My favorite part of this soup was the stracciatella.   The fluffy and super tasty clouds of Parmigiano cheese and egg that give real substance to this dish.
   This easy recipe can be made any night of the week in a short period of time.  I like to add ground, poached chicken to mine for extra body.  And if you really want to make a meal out of it, you can add pastina or cheese filled tortellini.

6-8 cups of chicken stock (or store bought low sodium broth)
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano reggiano cheese
1 whole egg
1 Tbsp dry bread crumbs
1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
Salt and Pepper- to taste
 * Pastina or tortellini optional*
Bring chicken broth to a simmer on stove top and drop in the chicken breast.
Poach breast for 10 minutes and remove.
Place poached breast in a food processor and pulse until it resembles wet bread crumbs.
Add ground chicken back to broth and continue to simmer.
In a bowl, add cheese, egg, bread crumbs and chopped basil.
Beat together until a paste forms.
 Using a spoon, slowly drop a small amount of the cheese/egg mixture into the soup.
It will quickly become firm and begin to float.
Repeat the process until all of the egg mixture is used.  Season with salt and pepper.
Do not boil soup or egg drops will break up.
If preferred, boil pastina or tortellini in a separate pot and add to soup when finished.  Serve immediately.
 Stracciatella (soup)


Pegasuslegend said...

I just love the flavors in this soup just perfectly done!

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

lovely soup new to me looks amazing

Bridgett ~ La Bella Cook said...

A classic! You can never go wrong with stracciatella.

Karen said...

I can almost smell this. It looks great!

Sandra :) said...

Quick, easy and delicious - I tried this soup tonight and it was a big hit! I'll definitely be making it again - thanks for the recipe!


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